Frasassi Experience

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Liguria Fuoriporta

Through Via Iulia Augusta the Urbe relives in the heart of Liguria

It is one of the most historical and naturalistic trails of the most evocative of Liguria, easily walkable on foot and characterized by the colors and odors typical of the Mediterranean scrub. It is the ancient Via Iulia Augusta, built in the 13th c. at the will of the Emperor Augusto to connect Rome to the southern Gallia, via Vada Sabatia (today’s Vado Ligure) and the resort of Arles in Provence: a truly fascinating trait between the municipalities of Alassio and Albenga, whose first stage can not to be the little church of Santa Croce in Alassio, whose original building remains the apse and the left flank: from the square in front you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama, which, on clearer days, spends to the mountains of Tuscany and Corsica . After passing a stone arch, the images that accompany the entire path will appear immediately: the sea and Gallinara Island, so called by the Romans for the presence of wild hens. In the first section of the route you can admire the port of Alassio, with the characteristic Cappelletta erected in 1929 in memory of the fallen in the sea. A few hundred meters away you reach the church of Sant’Anna ai Monti, inside which are still visible parts of frescoes of the end of the 15th century / early sixteenth century, plastered after the Council of Trento. Continuing the walk for about 3 kilometers, past a campsite, in some short sections you still love the original Roman paved and a stretch of ancient pavement, characterized by the presence of margins on the sides and transverse cuts for the drainage of the waters. A little further, still in the commune of Alassio, are the remains of the necropolis of the Roman Albingaunum, dating back to the I-II sec. which accompany visitors until the end of the journey with a long series of interesting funerary monuments: the “A” and “B” buildings and a “colombary” tomb (the only one that has been found so far in Liguria). Leaving behind the funerary monuments, you reach S.Martino’s tip, near the “Pylon”, a tomb dating to the 2nd century AD. AD, and the Roman amphitheater. After a short descent, past the modern bridge over the Centa River, you reach Albenga with its historic center and medieval towers.

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Arcevia Fuoriporta

Arcevia, the Marche and the territory of the ten castles

Beautiful three-fifteenth-century walled residential centers that have preserved their peculiarities until today: it is a true backward journey through what can be done starting from Acervia, the ancient Rocca Contrada in the province of Ancona , and continuing into the territory until the fortress of Nidastore, on the border with the province of Pesaro. Starting from Acervia, the second stage of the trip is the Castello di Avacelli, attested by 1248, which was founded by Rocca Contrada on a hill bordering the territory of Serra S. Quirico. The visit continues to Castiglioni Castle, which borders on the territory of Serra de’Conti: attested since 1289 as a castellar, was probably founded after the abandonment of the castle of Fossaceca near. And always in the direction of Serra de ‘Conti, it is worth visiting the Piticchio Castle, one of the most evocative and best preserved archevies, on a hilltop about seven kilometers from Arcevia. In Montale Castle, however, it is still possible to admire the promenade and the watchtower of the ancient fortification is to be noted, reused and re-proposed as a bell tower of the church of S. Silvestro, rebuilt after 1830. Really unmissable is instead a visit the Castle of Loretello, located on a hilltop 300 meters high, about 15 km from Arcevia; among the castles of the remaining territory is the oldest one: named for the first time in 1072, built with the church of S. Andrea by the monks of Fonte Avellana, became the possession of Rocca Contrada in the second half of the 200. Just a short distance from Loretello, stands the small S. Pietro Castle, almost unchanged in its fifteenth-century urban layout, but still has few traces of its original murals. The Palace Castle is one of the most characteristic of the whole territory: it is an attractive walled town with a unique urban structure developed along the slopes of the slopes of Monte Caudino, featuring mighty stone and stone walls and a beautiful 15th-century gateway. Finally, the most geographically west, is the Caudino Castle, near which a memorable battle between the Guelph and Ghibelline forces was fought for possession of the territory.

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Marzamemi Fuoriporta

Marzamemi and the lands of the two Mari to be visited by bicycle

It is one of the most fascinating places in Sicily, in the southernmost tip of the whole island, where a lovely landscape seems to accompany visitors slowly to Africa. It is Marzamemi, where around the central square the fishermen’s lodges have turned into characteristic holiday homes or renowned trattorias; Here you can admire the summer residence of the Principe di Villadorata, which, beside Tonnara, dominates much of the little piazzetta, where you can admire the lush and blue sea from the fishy peaks. A magical place that can be discovered in so many ways, even on two wheels: the Lands of the Two Marines, in fact, can be cycled throughout their reach.

The itinerary extends to the southern part of these lands, between Portopalo of Capo Passero and Porto Ulysses, with a largely flat territory: 24 km of highway, the highest point on the sea level is 37 meters. The starting point can only be the Terrace of the Two Mari, a panoramic spot in the town of Portopalo di Capo Passero. Crossing the small town of Portopalo, head first to the harbor by the harbor, then cross between the vineyards and the cultivations of the renowned cherry tomato. The second stage is on the extreme point of the territory: from here the look stops at the Insolence of the Currents: the stop takes place on the square that precedes the beach, parking area during the summer. Then continue along the longest stretch of the itinerary, which is 21 kilometers.

The coast goes up northwest through cultivated fields, vineyards and protected plants in greenhouses with thousands of cherry variety tomatoes. Afterwards, the route turns east and returns pedaling along the coast, through the village of Granelli, leaving the province of Syracuse and entering the territory of Ragusa. This is the incredible stretch of the Pantanon Longarin waters, where at several times of the year it is possible to observe the pink flamingos passing through these brackish waters. The last 3 kilometers of the route are developed along the coast, heading towards one of the most renowned destinations in the whole area, Porto Ulisse: from these cliffs you can see the Cirica Faraglioni to the west, close to the “Circe Dry” of so many shipwrecks of Roman and Byzantine ships.

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Cupramontana Fuoriporta

More than 100,000 rarities kept in the Etruscan Museum

Historical, artistic, geographical. These are the sections that animate the International Museum of Cupramontana Wine Lab (Ancona), housed on the first floor of the eighteenth-century Leoni Palace, around the town walls. Opened in 1987, it is a unique international space gathering over 100,000 labels of wine bottles from all over the world, sorted by thematic routes. Among the peculiarities are the series with animals, with cars, with heraldic coats of arms and all that dedicated to Verdicchio, the pearl of excellence in the territory. The contemporary section has over sixty thousand labels, exhibited by geographical origin and by themes; the historical one, refers instead to labels dating to the period between “Otto and Novecento”; the artistic one finally collects over four hundred works performed by artists of clear fame. Every year, the museum is displaying two events: the “Golden Label” award, to be awarded to participating companies for the best label in its usual use, and “Vinimmagine”, which is a graphic review of ideas and proposals for a label. In addition, the teaching lab “Advertising Born” is active.

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Lujo Bergamo Fuoriporta

The Lujo Valley, a small Switzerland in the heart of Lombardy

Few know it, but a small Switzerland lies not far from the well-known Val Seriana. It is the Valle del Lujo, a corner of the province of Bergamo that has maintained the perfect harmony between man and nature. It is a place not to be beaten by the usual tourist itineraries but boasts unique traditions and beauties from the Abbey of St. Benedict, founded on April 7, 1136 by Benedictine monks, to whom these lands had been donated by the then Bishop of Bergamo Gregorio: first inhabiters of the valley, the monks had to break down a dense forest to make their way to this impervious place, but for this more secure and quiet of others. One of the most important centers of the area is Casale, which with its 700 meters high is a kind of large terrace from which you can admire the whole valley; the country is known for “biligocc” chestnuts dried and smoked following an ancient process and for the pretty parish church. Another place of ancient and fascinating worship is that of the hamlet of Dossello, dedicated to the spousal of St. Joseph with the Blessed Virgin Mary: here every year the faithful found themselves at the patron saint of St. Joseph for the blessing of animals and wagons, now replaced from cars. Ancient and definitely imposing is finally the church of Santa Maria di Valle Alta, which in 1304 formed with the church of S. Zenone di Cene a single benefit; only in 1463 the two churches became autonomous and the present structure dates back to the middle of the eighteenth century, when it was dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Giacomo Maggiore Apostolo.

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Tassullo Fuoriporta

Campo Tassullo and the ancient Church of Santa Lucia

Campo is one of the four villas of Tassullo (Trento) and rises on the road that connects the village to Nanno, in a place where a cemetery or a holy field was originally located, where the Villa would have received its name. Here is a visit to the church of Santa Lucia, mentioned for the first time in 1448; this suggestive place of worship seems to date back to Romanesque times, with its bell-facade facing eastwards; here you can see the entire portal in pink stone and a rococo window instead of the central rosette. The interior is a single nave, marked in two camps by the peducci placed on the side walls in support of the reticular vault that covers the environment, and ends with a small pentagonal presbytery; the central oil spin depicts Saint Lucia with the symbolism of martyrdom while the altar, carved and painted wood, has a wonderful decorated leather trim.

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san virgilio tassullo fuoriporta

The Gothic charm of the Church of San Vigilio in Tassullo

It dates back to the end of 1400 and keeps intact its particular Gothic style. It is the church of San Vigilio di Tassullo (Trento), originally dedicated to Martyrs Anauniensi, which rises along the provincial road that leads from Cles to the hamlet of Campo. Surrounded by a stone wall that delimits the ancient cemetery, it has a vaulted facade enriched by a sixth-strong pink stone portal with décor decorations and a circular marble rosette. Three steps of steps are in the single nave entrance ending with the hexagonal presbytery. On the left wall of the presbytery it is possible to admire a painting by S.Vigilio with the coat of arms of the Thun (1495); in the central wall there is the crucifixion, while on the right wall the Madonna on the throne with the Child. The church preserved the wonderful wooden altar – now guarded by the Diocesan Museum of Trento – and in the apse is visible the gigantography of a facade: the work is dated April 5, 1520 and has the form of Gothic triptych with two porches that have various representations (S.Lorenzo, S.Maria Maddalena) and the retro symbols of the Passion and the Tabarelli coat of arms of Fatis.

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san pietro di feletto fuoriporta

San Pietro di Feletto, the ancient Pieve and the “Christ of the Sunday”

The fascinating fresco of the Christ of the Sunday, guarded in the facade of the Pieve di St Peters di San Pietro di Feletto (Treviso) under a large wooden beamed porch launched the message that Sunday is not a working day. Those who work during the Lord’s day make suffer the Christ who, struck by the work tools, pours blood from the wounds; the painting is also interesting because it shows visitors the tools and work types of the people of the Hills of Felettane. But all Pieve with his splendid work of the Longobarda era erected around the year 1000 definitely deserves a visit because, it offers to those who come in this magical corner of the “Prosecco Landscapes” a varied and unusual artistic show. The exterior has a large porch, which probably had the function of securing safe shelter for the people during social, political and economic meetings. The bell tower, which rises isolated, with cusp of the 16th century, is in Romanesque style. The Pieve is preceded by a 19th century staircase.

There are many frescoes that decorate the porch; in addition to the “Christ of the Sunday”, stands the “Madonna and Child with Saints”, important for a iconographic detail very rare: that of the Baby Jesus sucking milk from a bladder with which the author probably wanted to recall the tradition of poor families. Inside the architecture is of great charm, but still essential: there are three narrow aisles divided by arches on large rectangular pillars. In the background there is a semicircular apse with overlapping layers of paintings. The walls of the central nave are entirely frescoed with works by various authors and with refined hints of Byzantine taste ranging from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The beautiful chapel of the baptismal font, decorated with frescoes dating back to the end of the 14th century, illustrates the life and martyrdom of San Sebastiano. The painter who has frescoed the interior of the church is unknown, but probably was a mainstay artist between Treviso and Belluno, perhaps formed in the school of Antonio Vivarina. This is confirmed by the typology of faces, the definition of hair as well as the clothing and footwear, which characterize the activity of this person also in Serravalle and precisely in the Galletti Chapel of the Church of St. John the Baptist.

Visiting times: Saturday 9.00-10.00 / 15.00-20.00, Sunday 9.00-11.30 / 14.30-19.00.It is possible to visit the church on other days and hours only by calling the number: 329-3615869

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On these mountains there were the most important and bloody battles of the Great War. And so in 2008 the municipality of Forni Avoltri (Udine) decided to dedicate a permanent

The Great War on display at the Forni Avoltri Museum

On these mountains there were the most important and bloody battles of the Great War. And so in 2008 the municipality of Forni Avoltri (Udine) decided to dedicate a permanent exhibition on the Great War in the Upper Val Degano and on the front formed by the surrounding peaks (the Navagiust mountains, Avanza, Chiadenis and the Volaia and Cacciatore passes). Within the exhibition, housed on the ground floor of the Ethnographic Museum “Cemout chi erin” (which in dialect means “as we were”), you can admire a long series of objects found and collected on these places by volunteers and donations made by population. The postcards are very interesting and photographs of the era that witness the lives of soldiers and the village of Forni Avoltri during the war period.

Also the reproduction of bunk beds in the gallery originally found on Navagiust in 2007 is very suggestive. In the same space, also the ethnographic exhibition “How were we” worth a visit. It testifies the desire to pass on to future generations little traces of history and the people who lived in this part of Carnia, majestically framed by the Carnic Alps. In 1992, around foam puppets dressed in typical local clothes and used during the Christmas period, the locals began collecting objects, furnishings and work equipment, recovered and donated by the Forni families and their villages, which they tell with sensibility and precision the everyday life, rites and traditions of the Fornites since the 1800s after the World Wars.

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